Park Service releases 2018 calendar of Gettysburg and Ike events

East Cemetery Hill (submitted by the National Park Service)

Catherine Lawhorn of the National Park Service has released the 2018 schedule of events for the Gettysburg National Military Park and the nearby Eisenhower National Historic Site. All events, unless otherwise designated in the calendar, are free and open to the public.

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Gettysburg National Military Park  

           Eisenhower National Historic Site                         

  

2018 Calendar of Events  

 

 

JANUARY 2018

 

 

Jan. 6               Winter Reading Adventures at Gettysburg National Military Park – “With Liberty and Justice for All: Stories of Great Americans,” join a park educator who will read aloud from a children’s book and facilitate a related indoor activity, “I Am Sacagawea” by Brad Meltzer, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Jan. 6               Battlefield Book Series at Gettysburg National Military Park – “Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters” by Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Chapters 1 – 5, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Jan. 6               Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – After Gettysburg: The Army of Northern Virginia Tries to Regroup. With Park Ranger Matt Atkinson, 1:30 p.m., at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Jan. 7               Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – The Battle of Shiloh: Conquer or Perish. With Park Ranger Daniel Vermilya, 1:30 p.m. at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Jan. 13             Winter Reading Adventures at Gettysburg National Military Park – “With Liberty and Justice for All: Stories of Great Americans,” join a park educator who will read aloud from a children’s book and facilitate a related indoor activity, “Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Jean Marzollo, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Jan. 13             Battlefield Book Series at Gettysburg National Military Park – “Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters” by Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Chapters 6 – 10, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Jan. 13             Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – Capt. Johnston’s Sunrise Reconnaissance: How Lee and Longstreet Lost the War on July 2, 1863. With Park Ranger Troy Harman, 1:30 p.m. at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Jan. 14             Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – USS Monitor: The Ship That Launched a Modern Navy. With Park Ranger Karlton Smith, 1:30 p.m. at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Jan. 15             Martin Luther King Jr. Day/Adams County Community Appreciation Day at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. For more information go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org

 

Jan. 20             Winter Reading Adventures at Gettysburg National Military Park – “With Liberty and Justice for All: Stories of Great Americans,” join a park educator who will read aloud from a children’s book and facilitate a related indoor activity, “John, Paul, George & Ben” by Lane Smith, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Jan. 20             Battlefield Book Series at Gettysburg National Military Park – “Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters” by Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Chapters 11 – 15, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Jan. 20             Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – The Unfinished Work: The World Wars at Gettysburg. With Jared Frederick, Penn State University at Altoona, 1:30 p.m., at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Jan. 21             Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – If These Things Could Talk: Artifacts in the Collection of Gettysburg National Military Park. With Park Ranger Tom Holbrook, 1:30 p.m., at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Jan. 27             Winter Reading Adventures at Gettysburg National Military Park – “With Liberty and Justice for All: Stories of Great Americans,” join a park educator who will read aloud from a children’s book and facilitate a related indoor activity, “Elizabeth Leads the Way by Tanya Lee Stone,” from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Jan. 27             Battlefield Book Series at Gettysburg National Military Park – “Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters,” by Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Chapters 16 – 20, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Jan. 27             Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – Breaking the Final Bond: The Presbyterian Church and the Coming of the Civil War. With Park Ranger Zach Siggins, 1:30 p.m., at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Jan. 28             Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – “A Great Weight at My Heart”: The Army of the Potomac after Gettysburg. With Park Ranger Christopher Gwinn, 1:30 p.m., at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

FEBRUARY 2018

 

 

Feb. 3               Winter Reading Adventures at Gettysburg National Military Park – “With Liberty and Justice for All: Stories of Great Americans,” join a park educator who will read aloud from a children’s book and facilitate a related indoor activity, “Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History,” by Walter Dean Myers, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Feb. 3               Battlefield Book Series at Gettysburg National Military Park – “Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters,” by Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Chapters 21 – 26, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Feb. 3               Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – “God Has Granted Us a Happy New Year”: An Unappreciated Turning Point of 1862: The Battle of Stones River. With Park Ranger Bert Barnett, 1:30 p.m., at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Feb. 4               Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – Cogs in a Different Wheel: Non-combatant Life During the American Civil War. With Park Ranger Angie Atkinson, 1:30 p.m., at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 Facebook Live Classroom Series #2, Documents of Gettysburg. At 1:00 p.m. EST.  Explore various locations around Gettysburg National Military Park through the lenses of historic documents originating from those locations.  New document and location each week.  Recommended for students in grades 4 through 8.  Register on-line at https://www.nps.gov/gett/learn/education/distance-learning.htm to receive the weekly lesson introductions.

 

Feb. 10             Winter Reading Adventures at Gettysburg National Military Park – “With Liberty and Justice for All: Stories of Great Americans,” join a park educator who will read aloud from a children’s book and facilitate a related indoor activity, “Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner,” from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Feb. 10             Battlefield Book Series at Gettysburg National Military Park – “Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech that Nobody Knows by Gabor Boritt,” Chapters 1 – 2, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Feb. 10             Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – Early at the Gates: The Battle of Fort Stevens. With Park Ranger Steve Phan, Civil War Defenses of Washington, 1:30 p.m., at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Feb. 11             Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – “Before the Fearful and Dangerous Leap is Taken”: The Fateful Compromise of 1850. With Park Ranger John Hoptak, 1:30 p.m., at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Feb. 17             Winter Reading Adventures at Gettysburg National Military Park – “With Liberty and Justice for All: Stories of Great Americans,” join a park educator who will read aloud from a children’s book and facilitate a related indoor activity, “Take a Hike, Teddy Roosevelt!” by Frank Murphy, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Feb. 17             Battlefield Book Series at Gettysburg National Military Park – “Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech that Nobody Knows” by Gabor Boritt, Chapters 3 – 4, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Feb. 17             Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – The Lincoln – Douglas Debates. With Park Ranger Daniel Vermilya, 1:30 p.m., at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Feb. 17             Great Backyard Bird Count at Gettysburg National Military Park. Join park biologists and volunteers from the South Mountain Audubon Society for a free, one-hour guided bird walk at 8 a.m. at Spangler’s Spring to view and identify winter birds.  Bring your own binoculars and guide books. A limited numbers of binoculars will be available to share.  The walk will take place on even surfaces at a slow pace, please wear shoes and clothes appropriate for weather conditions.  In case of inclement weather this event will be cancelled. Co-sponsored by the South Mountain Audubon Society and Gettysburg National Military Park.  For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Feb. 18             Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – Gettysburg & Vicksburg: “The Confederacy Totters to Its Destruction”. With Park Rangers Karlton Smith and Matt Atkinson, 1:30 p.m., at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Feb. 19             Presidents’ Day/Adams County Community Appreciation Day at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. For more information go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org

 

Feb. 24             Winter Reading Adventures at Gettysburg National Military Park – “With Liberty and Justice for All: Stories of Great Americans,” join a park educator who will read aloud from a children’s book and facilitate a related indoor activity, “Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez” by Kathleen Krull, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Feb. 24             Battlefield Book Series at Gettysburg National Military Park –  “Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech that Nobody Knows” by Gabor Boritt, Chapters 5 – 6, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Feb. 24             Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – “The Movement Was South”: General Grant and the Overland Campaign. With Park Ranger John Heiser, 1:30 p.m., at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

Feb. 25             Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – “God Knows My Conscious Is Clear” Constructing George Gordon Meade’s Legacy. With Dr. Jennifer Murray, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, 1:30 p.m., at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

MARCH 2018

 

March 3            Winter Reading Adventures at Gettysburg National Military Park – “With Liberty and Justice for All: Stories of Great Americans,” join a park educator who will read aloud from a children’s book and facilitate a related indoor activity, “The Youngest Marcher” by Cynthia Levinson, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

March 3            Battlefield Book Series at Gettysburg National Military Park – “Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech that Nobody Knows.” A Conversation with the author, Dr. Gabor Boritt, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

March 3            Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – After Gettysburg: Religion, Lee’s Army and Southern Culture. With Park Ranger Troy Harman, 1:30 p.m., at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

March 4            Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – Mark Mahosky: 30 Years of Drawing the Gettysburg Battlefield. Join Mark Mahosky, Gettysburg National Military Park’s Artist in Residence, 1:30 p.m., at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

March 7 & 14    Facebook Live Classroom Series #2, Documents of Gettysburg. At 1:00 p.m. EST.  Explore various locations around Gettysburg National Military Park through the lenses of historic documents originating from those locations.  New document and location each week.  Recommended for students in grades 4 through 8.  Register on-line at https://www.nps.gov/gett/learn/education/distance-learning.htm to receive the weekly lesson introductions.

 

Feb. 10             Winter Reading Adventures at Gettysburg National Military Park – “With Liberty and Justice for All: Stories of Great Americans,” join a park educator who will read aloud from a children’s book and facilitate a related indoor activity, “Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner,” from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

March 10          Winter Reading Adventures at Gettysburg National Military Park – “With Liberty and Justice for All: Stories of Great Americans,” join a park educator who will read aloud from a children’s book and facilitate a related indoor activity, “Of Thee I Sing” by Barack Obama, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

March 10          Winter Lecture at Gettysburg National Military Park – Personal Turning Points – Jefferson Davis and George Thomas. With Park Ranger Bert Barnett, 1:30 p.m., at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

March 24          Encounters with History: The Fight on the Right: Candy’s Brigade on Culp’s Hill with Licensed Battlefield Guide Sue Boardman; 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Registration fee. Contact 717-339-2148 or byingling@gettysburgfoundation.org.

 

APRIL 2018

 

April through October –   Civil War Living History Weekends on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Gettysburg National Military Park’s popular living history and firing demonstrations every weekend throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Confederate and Union living history groups will encamp at Spangler’s Spring, Pitzer Woods, and the Pennsylvania Memorial.  Through October.  For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

April 4, 11, 18, 25 Facebook Live Classroom Series #3, History Careers.  At 1:00 p.m. EST. Explore all of the many skills and careers needed to operate a Civil War national park!  Law enforcement? Cannon and monument restoration? Curatorial work? Tour guide?  Visit and learn from a different person each week. Recommended for students in grades 7 through 12.  Register on-line at https://www.nps.gov/gett/learn/education/distance-learning.htm to receive the weekly lesson introductions.

 

April 7               Gettysburg National Military Park Spring Season of daily Ranger programs begins. Runs through June 9, the start of the full summer program schedule. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

April 20 & 21     Gettysburg Foundation Spring Muster: a Friday evening program and on Saturday a choice of two Civil War programs followed by an evening banquet; fee; to register go to www.friendsofgettysburg.org

 

April ­­21             National Junior Ranger Day: Programs designed to help children and families connect with parks in ways that engage them in exploring, learning, and practicing stewardship. At Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett and www.nps.gov/eise

 

MAY 2017

 

May 2, 9           Facebook Live Classroom Series #3, History Careers.  At 1:00 p.m. EST. Explore all of the many skills and careers needed to operate a Civil War national park!  Law enforcement? Cannon and monument restoration? Curatorial work? Tour guide?  Visit and learn from a different person each week. Recommended for students in grades 7 through 12.  Register on-line at https://www.nps.gov/gett/learn/education/distance-learning.htm to receive the weekly lesson introductions

 

May 5               Doors Open Gettysburg: An insider’s look into the preservation of many of Gettysburg National Military Park’s magnificent historic buildings.  For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

May 5 & 6         Gettysburg Foundation Heritage Trail Hike: A two-day hike on the Billy Yank and Johnny Reb Trails with Licensed Battlefield Guide Larry Korczyk; fee; to register go to www.friendsofgettysburg.org

 

May 19             Encounters with History: The Confederacy in its Infancy with Licensed Battlefield Guide Therese Orr; 9:00am-4:00p.m. Registration fee. Contact 717-339-2148 or byingling@gettysburgfoundation.org.

 

JUNE 2018

 

June 9              D-Day Anniversary Commemoration at Eisenhower National Historic Site. For information go to www.nps.gov/eise

 

June 9              Summer programs at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site begin. Through August 12. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

June 25-28       Summer “Days With Documents” teacher professional development opportunities at Gettysburg National Military Park.  Teachers spend time with Civil War experts and fellow teachers to explore Civil War era documents, and create focus questions, reading strategies, learning objectives and assessments for students.  Come to one, two, three or all four days.  This year’s focus is on Maps (June 25), Photographs (June 26), Political Cartoons (June 27), and Speeches (June 28).  Register on-line: https://www.nps.gov/gett/learn/education/professional-development.htm.

 

June ­­­29 & 30    Great Conversations at Gettysburg. Book talks and lectures.  Free.  Co-sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation.  At the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.  For more information go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org

 

JULY 2018

 

July 1 – 3          Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary: Join National Park Service Rangers, living historians, and Licensed Battlefield Guides for special anniversary walks, talks, and family activities. For information go to: www.nps.gov/gett

 

July 28 & 29      Great War weekend at Eisenhower National Historic Site.  The National Park Service is sponsoring a Great War living history weekend for the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI.  See living historians portraying members of the Allied and the Central Powers and listen to special programs from guest speakers and Park Rangers focusing on the year 1918, Camp Colt, and WWI. For more information go to: www.nps.gov/eise

 

AUGUST 2018 

 

August 10 & 11 Gettysburg Music Muster at Gettysburg National Military Park. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

August 13         Gettysburg National Military Park Late summer/Fall program season continues through Nov. 19. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett

 

August 18         Encounters with History: O.O. Howard and Gettysburg with Licensed Battlefield Guide Chuck Burkell; 9 am to 4 p.m. Registration fee. Contact 717-339-2148 or byingling@gettysburgfoundation.org.

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

 

Sept. 15 & 16    World War II Weekend at Eisenhower National Historic Site.  More than 600 reenactors set up an encampment with Allied soldiers, a German camp, World War II jeeps and trucks, and a USO Dance.  For more information call 717-338-9114 or visit www.nps.gov/eise.

 

Sept. 22            Encounters with History:  Wright’s Brigade in their attack of July 2; 9 a.m. to1 p.m. Registration fee. Contact 717-339-2148 or byingling@gettysburgfoundation.org.

 

NOVEMBER 2018        

 

Nov. 11             Veterans’ Day/Community Appreciation Day at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. For information go to: www.gettysburgfoundation.org

 

Nov. 17             Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies: an annual parade of Civil War living history groups held in conjunction with the Gettysburg Address anniversary.  Sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.  For information go to www.suvcw.org.

 

Nov, 17             Remembrance Day Illumination at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, Gettysburg National Military Park.  Luminary candles will be placed on each Civil War grave as a testament to the sacrifices during the Battle of Gettysburg. 5:50 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. For information go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org

Nov. 18             Evening Open House at the David Wills House from 6 to 8 p.m. Special interpretive programs will coincide with the period President Lincoln occupied the two structures during his visit to Gettysburg to dedicate the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. For more information go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org

 

Nov. 19             Gettysburg’s Dedication Day: Ceremony with a keynote speaker commemorating the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Sponsored by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg College. For information call go to www.lincolnfellowship.org

 

DECEMBER 2018        

 

Dec. 1-31          Eisenhower Home Holiday Events: Experience Ike and Mamie Eisenhower’s holiday decorations in their home near Gettysburg. Historic nativity scenes from the Eisenhower White House will be on display in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center lobby.  For more information go to www.nps.gov/eise

 

Dates and events are subject to change.  For more information contact:

Gettysburg National Military Park events, contact 717-334-1124 or visit www.nps.gov/gett

Eisenhower National Historic Site events, contact 717-338-9114 or visit www.nps.gov/eise

Gettysburg Foundation events, contact 717-339-2161 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

Destination Gettysburg – call 800-337-5015 or visit http://www.destinationgettysburg.com for community events, attractions and accommodations.

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